Barb's Chocolate Cake

This is a delicious cake, great for birthdays. I have always been asked for the recipe whenever I serve this cake. Enjoy!

Barb’s Chocolate Cake

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon strong brewed coffee

Instructions

1 In a large mixing bowl, add the following ingredients one at a time, beating well after each addition: eggs, white sugar, 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, oil, 1/2 cup cocoa, buttermilk and vanilla. (Instead of buttermilk you can use 3 tablespoons softened butter or margarine, 1/2 cup milk and 1 tablespoon vinegar.)

2 Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; add to the sugar and egg mixture. Blend well. Fold in the boiling water.

3 Place batter in two greased and floured 8 inch round cake pans. Sprinkle 1/2 cup chocolate chips over each pan. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 25 minutes. Cool.

4 To Make the Icing: Begin by beating together 1/2 cup butter or margarine, confectioners’ sugar and 2/3 cup cocoa; add 1 teaspoon vanilla, milk and coffee. Beat until very smooth. Add more confectioners’ sugar until you obtain the consistency you want. Spread on cake.

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